When Motivation and Personality appeared in 1954 as the first complete statement of the new humanistic psychology, it quickly became established as a classic in the field. In this book, Maslow's work deals with the subject of the nature of human fulfillment and the significance of personal relationships, implementing a conceptualization of self-actualization. It is perhaps the best known contemporary work on human needs. Maslow postulated a hierarchical pyramid of human needs stretching from basic physical needs at the bottom to spiritual or transcendental needs at the top.
“Maslow’s greatness was in reimagining what a human being could be. Moving us away from the idea of mental health as merely the absence of neurosis, he insisted that psychological health required the presence of self-actualising traits. Such a fundamental recasting of psychology has had implications for all areas of human activity.” City wire
“Motivation and Personality instead sought to form a holistic view of people, one not dissimilar to how artists and poets have always imagined us. Rather than being simply the sum of our needs and impulses, Maslow saw us as whole people with limitless room for growth. It was this clear belief in human possibility and the organisations and cultures we could build that has made his work so influential.” – Tom Butler
In the early 1960s, Douglas McGregor defined contrasting assumptions about the nature of humans in the workplace. These assumptions are the basis of Theory X and Theory Y teachings. Theory X assumes that people are lazy and will avoid work whenever possible. Theory Y, on the other hand, assumes that people
There comes a time in the lives of those destined for greatness when they must stand before the mirror of meaning and ask, Why, having been endowed with the courageous heart of a lion, do we live like mice? We must look squarely into our own tired eyes and examine why
Approached by someone who wants to achieve a specific dream, many of us offer simple advice: think positive! Don’t dwell on the obstacles, since that will only bring you down; be optimistic, focus on what you want to achieve; imagine a happy future in which you’re active and engaged; visualize how
People seek for as many different kinds of satisfaction in scientific work as they do in their social lives, in their jobs, or in their marriages
a healthy man is primarily motivated by his needs to develop and actualize his fullest potentialities and capacities. When we ask what man wants of life, we deal with his very essence.
As a result of successful psychotherapy, people perceive differently, think differently, and learn differently.
healthy people will feel bad about discrepancies between what is and what might very well be or ought to be.
The effects of wish, desire, prejudice, upon perception as in many recent experiments should be very much less in healthy people than in sick.